Farrell: Wonky knee could send Pedroia back to DLtheScore
Dustin Pedroia's bothersome left knee has flared up once again, according to Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, who conceded Friday that his ailing second baseman may need another stint on the disabled list.
"Some swelling, some inflammation,” Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe ahead of Friday's series opener against the New York Yankees. “So we’re holding him out today.”
He continued: "I wouldn't rule out the DL. We’ll see where this goes over the next 24 hours."
It was only Tuesday that Pedroia rejoined the Red Sox, having missed the better part of the previous two weeks due to a cartilage injury in his left knee. In his first game back, the three-time All-Star went 0-for-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays before being omitted from the lineup for Wednesday's series finale at Tropicana Field.
Still, the recurring discomfort notwithstanding, Farrell said he doesn't think Pedroia's knee issues will sideline him for the remainder of the campaign.
“No, not the rest of the season. But currently we’ve go to continue to get some work done to get back to where he feels he’s able to endure day to day,” the manager said. “We’re not quite there yet.”
In 86 games this season, the 33-year-old is hitting .303/.378/.406 (107 OPS+) with six homers and 17 doubles while putting up more WAR (1.9) than all but six American League second basemen.
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